The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-profit museum. KMAC departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from talented and interested individuals. The value of an internship lies in the educational experience it provides for both students and Museum staff. Interns accomplish needed museum work while gaining insight and experience to guide their future career decisions.
NOTE: All interns will be expected to sit at the front desk to greet the public and to provide information on exhibitions and the collection.
Interns assist with research projects including preparing artists’ bibliographies and biographies and responding to general inquiries from the public about artists and artworks. Interns will comb catalogues, web pages, galleries, and historical materials for information on artists based around an exhibition theme. Compile resource materials and write short paragraphs describing an artists work and their relationship to the central theme. Interns may also assist with writing gallery labels, data entry, copying articles, typing, ï¬ling, and preparing correspondence. Applicants should include writing samples with application. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Knowledge in the visual arts and computer skills are important for candidates.
Exhibition Design, Art Handler
Work with curator or director in planning visitor experience of the exhibitions first by working with 2D plans and preferably a 3D program. Candidates compile and model works in exhibitions and organize materials for exhibition displays. They will hang artwork and work in woodshop making displays. Candidates will have knowledge of video and multi-media equipment including formats, codecs, and sound. Some minor electrical work is possible.
Interns gain practical experience working directly with the exhibition objects and the owners of such objects for transport or determining background information. Interns assist with daily operations involving collections management, exhibition organization, research and contracts. Interns are also responsible for daily tasks including typing, ï¬ling, data entry, and use of collections management software. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Applicants should have computer and general administrative skills and be able to work with a digital camera.
Development, Membership and Activities
Interns participate in all aspects of the membership program. Duties include researching how to convert museum visitors to members and donors, coordinating members’ openings and events, organizing direct mailings, and contributing ideas for membership drives. Interns also help maintain the membership database and perform administrative tasks. Candidates should have computer skills and excellent communication skills, as well as being detail oriented and creative.
Interns provide organizational and on-site support for several educational programs, which may include lectures by artists, panel discussions, classes and workshops for adults, school programs, family programs, arts camp, and guide-training sessions. Interns perform general departmental duties, such as preparation of program packets, educational materials, research, correspondence, and scheduling. Candidates must have excellent organizational and basic computer skills, and should be comfortable interacting with the public. Candidates should have research experience or previously worked with children.